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HANUKKAH (JEWISH FESTIVAL)

When is Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) in 2020?

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) in 2020 is on the Friday, 11th of Dec (12/11/2020).

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) is on the 346th day of 2020. There are 20 days left in the year.

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) Facts

  • Date: Dec 11, 2020
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Chanukah, Chanukkah, Chanuka, Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication
  • Celebrations: Lighting Candles on the Menorah, Gift exchange
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Hanukkah is known as the festival of lights and the Feast of Dedication celebrated by the Jewish community all over the world. This festival takes place in December every year right around the same time that Christmas is celebrated for non-Jewish Christians. The festival lasts for eight nights where a candle is lit every night on a menorah hence being given the name the festival of lights. The literal meaning of Hanukkah is to dedicate. The Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple on that day.

There is series of rituals performed by the Jews during these eight days of the Hanukkah festival. Some of them are family based and some are collective. There are significant addends to the daily prayer and an additional prayer is added on to the blessing after a meal. It is different from other rituals because there is no special celebration where Jewish people are able to get off of work. Jewish people go to their work as usual but typically leave work early to light the candles before nightfall. Because of the fact that this is not considered as one of the primarily religious holidays schools typically do not close. In Israel school remains closed from day two of the festival through to the last day of Hanukkah.

Over the course of this eight day festival many families give each family member and even friends one gift per night. Additionally, people eat an abundance of friend food during this time to celebrate the important role oil plays during Hanukkah celebration. There are three kinds of blessings which are recited throughout this eight day festival. There is a particular procedure of their recitation. On the first day all of three blessings are recited. On the next night they recite only two and so on.

There are other ways that Hanukkah is celebrated depending on what part of the world you live in. For some families, they may sing Hanukkah songs instead of lighting candles on the menorah. Other activities that families often do together for Hanukkah, are making baked goods such as pastries, cookies and other traditional Jewish food and playing games with a dreidle, which is a wooden octagon shaped "top" that has certain Jewish related symbols. Depending on the symbol that shows up when you spin it and it stops you have a specific action to do. This is a favourite amongst children in the Jewish faith.

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sun
  • Dec 09, 2012
  • Sun
  • Dec 16, 2012
  • Thu
  • Nov 28, 2013
  • Thu
  • Dec 05, 2013
  • Wed
  • Dec 17, 2014
  • Wed
  • Dec 24, 2014
  • Mon
  • Dec 07, 2015
  • Sun
  • Dec 25, 2016
  • Wed
  • Dec 13, 2017
  • Mon
  • Dec 03, 2018
  • Sun
  • Dec 22, 2019
  • Fri
  • Dec 11, 2020

List of Religious Holidays of Jewish in 2020

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 21, 2020Jan 21Tu Bishvat
TuesdayTueMar 10, 2020Mar 10Purim
WednesdayWedMar 11, 2020Mar 11Shushan Purim
WednesdayWedApr 08, 2020Apr 08Passover - First Day
ThursdayThuApr 16, 2020Apr 16Passover - Final Day
TuesdayTueApr 21, 2020Apr 21Yom Hashoah
TuesdayTueApr 28, 2020Apr 28Yom HaZikaron
WednesdayWedApr 29, 2020Apr 29Yom HaAtzma'ut
FridayFriMay 08, 2020May 08Second Passover
TuesdayTueMay 12, 2020May 12Lag BaOmer
FridayFriMay 22, 2020May 22Yom Yerushalayim
FridayFriMay 29, 2020May 29Shavuot (1st day)
SaturdaySatMay 30, 2020May 30Shavuot
ThursdayThuJul 30, 2020Jul 30Tish'a B'Av
SaturdaySatSep 19, 2020Sep 19Rosh HaShana Starts
SundaySunSep 20, 2020Sep 20Rosh HaShana Ends
MondayMonSep 21, 2020Sep 21Fast of Gedaliah
MondayMonSep 28, 2020Sep 28Yom Kippur
SaturdaySatOct 03, 2020Oct 03Sukkot Starts
FridayFriOct 09, 2020Oct 09Sukkot Ends
SaturdaySatOct 10, 2020Oct 10Shmini Atzeret
SundaySunOct 11, 2020Oct 11Simchat Torah
FridayFriDec 11, 2020Dec 11Hanukkah Starts
FridayFriDec 18, 2020Dec 18Hanukkah Ends